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11 Car Break-Ins Reported in Decatur

'We are currently working with the Avondale Estates Police Department to share information and determine if these cases may be related.'

The Winnona Park neighborhood is bounded by East College Avenue, South Candler Street, South Columbia Drive, a portion of Midway Road and a stretch of land north of McKinnon Drive and Conway Road. GRAPHIC CREDIT: Google Maps
The Winnona Park neighborhood is bounded by East College Avenue, South Candler Street, South Columbia Drive, a portion of Midway Road and a stretch of land north of McKinnon Drive and Conway Road. GRAPHIC CREDIT: Google Maps

by Sgt. Jennifer S. Ross

On Jan. 14, Decatur Police received reports of 11 vehicles entered during the overnight hours in the Winnona Park neighborhood.

The vehicles were located in:

  • the 100 block of Avery Street
  • the 100 block of Hilldale Drive
  • the 200 to 300 blocks of Winnona Drive
  • the 100 block of Shadowmoor Drive.
Some of the vehicles were knowingly left unsecured and others may have been left unsecured unintentionally.  There were no signs of forced entry to any of the entered vehicles.

Most of the vehicles were parked in driveways, but a few were parked on the street.

Items taken from the entered vehicles include:
  •  a wi-fi device
  • iPod
  • phone chargers
  • checkbook
  • flashlight
  • loose change
  • ear phones
  • laptop
  • Xbox game system and controller
  • digital camera
  • 6-pack of paper towels
  • sunglasses
  • chewing gum
  • Bluetooth transmitter.
Many of the items taken were in plain view. 

We understand that some residents do not want to lock their vehicles in the hopes of preventing a window being broken out but we encounter entering auto suspects who specifically target unsecured vehicles because it is easier and makes less noise.

Whether or not you choose to secure your vehicle or not, please remove any valuables from plain view.  Place items in the trunk or take them with you. 

Also, if you have or are looking to install motion activated lights at your home, make sure the lights are installed so that someone walking into your driveway will trip the motion sensor. 

There have been seven similar cases reported in the Kensington Road area today and we are currently working with the Avondale Estates Police Department to share information and determine if these cases may be related.

D. O. V. January 16, 2014 at 08:44 AM
The thieves must be very hard up if they are now stealing paper towels.
Péralte Paul (Editor) January 16, 2014 at 10:26 AM
That stood out to me, too, D.O.V. But in my experience, they take anything and everything, even dirty gym clothes.
Adriana January 17, 2014 at 07:12 AM
But it was a 6-pack!
OnceWasAnnie February 17, 2014 at 07:30 PM
Yep, thieves will steal ANYthing... when I had the misfortune of staying in a domestic violence shelter, some women stole my underwear out of the washing machine! They should have waited until the underwear was DRY, at least! Ha ha! If you're desperate enough to steal someone's dirty underwear, well... I feel for you! Ha ha.

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